How Allied Travel Jobs Can Keep You From Burning Out as a Healthcare Provider
September 25, 2018
By Tiffany Aller
Burnout is an unfortunate reality of the healthcare industry, because providers give 200 percent every single day, pouring heart and soul into patient care.
Studies on healthcare burnout estimate that up to 50 percent of practitioners may experience burnout within their career. One way to prevent healthcare burnout is to change things up from the routine. And the best way to do that is by taking the leap into the healthcare travel world.
When you’re ready to take that step and explore the many opportunities available for allied careers in locations around the country, visit Club Staffing to view open positions that range from short-term to months-long stays in areas you’ve always wanted to visit.
Stay long enough to learn, not long enough to grow stale
Sarah Stromsdorfer, an occupational therapist and the founder of the educational website MyOTSpot, says that the beauty of working in a travel healthcare position is that it’s a “great way to reduce and avoid burnout since you not only get a change of setting but you’re also learning so much from each new site.”
You’ll be able to make an impact, fill an in-demand role, and then roll out of town and onto your next opportunity before you lose interest or become overwhelmed. Stromsdorfer goes on to say that “working only three months at one setting doesn’t leave you time to feel burned out, since you’re…moving on before burnout can set in.”
Avoid office politics and workplace drama
Healthcare burnout occurs not only because you’re working so hard for so long, but also because some environments grow toxic over time. Stromsdorfer says, "When you’re doing a travel assignment, you are also able to avoid the workplace politics and drama that comes with being at a position year-round.”
You won’t be impacted as much by cliques that form, seasonal considerations that bring out not-so-great qualities in your coworkers or the inevitable healthcare burnout that results. Stromsdorfer concludes “it’s a great way to stave off the burnout and keep you passionate about your career.”
Gain a new perspective to prevent healthcare burnout
You’ll see, experience, learn and do far different things in your changing travel healthcare roles than a traditional job. You can heighten that by jumping into a role different from those you’ve had before. That enables you to “take a step back from the day-to-day practice of seeing patients, gain a different perspective within the industry, and ultimately revitalize [your] passion," says Lindsey Banks, a clinical audiologist.
Banks did exactly that when she changed from her career field to working as a regional account manager for a hearing aid manufacturer, which led her to locations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The break and experience in travel and trying something different lead to feeling rejuvenated. “I’m now practicing in a clinic again,” she says, “and loving it.”
If you’re beginning to feel the impact of healthcare burnout and are ready to take a leap of faith into a new career that can leave you feeling like a whole new person while you also cross off fabulous destinations from your bucket list, begin applying to allied healthcare travel roles today.